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On May 25, the Latvian parliament in the second reading has passed amendments that will make August 15 a new public holiday in Latvia. From now on, August 15 will be the Day of the Great Mara, to celebrate the Annunciation of Virgin Mary.
The big surprise was that after heated debates, lawmakers voted in support of marking March 8 as the International Women's Solidarity Day.
Apparently making good on its promise of 3 years ago (2003-12-24), and trying to atone for its rejection a couple of years ago (2003-01-16), the parliament also approved a proposal on marking Russian Orthodox and Old Believers' Christmas on January 6 and 7.
Lawmakers also supported a draft provision that in case a public holiday, except for Easter and Pentecost, falls in Saturday or Sunday, the next workday is made a day off.
The parliament is yet to pass the amendments on the new public holidays in the final reading.
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